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CHETANA Empowering Girls with Technology Department of IT, BT and S&T, Government of Karnataka

The Department of IT, BT and S&T, Government of Karnataka has one amongst its mandate to nurture and mentor the local talent to empower them with high-end technology to provide wings to their dreams. 

With this aim, the Department, has crafted a program titled "Chetana" to be which was launched in April 2016. This program is targeted at enabling Girls who have topped in Secondary School Examination from Government Schools across Karnataka to educate, empower, mentor and support them. This, highly talented human resource from Karnataka was invited to a 5-day residential camp and presented with a laptop each on their arrival. Various activities during the camp included training sessions to use the laptop, exposure to state-of-the-art facility at Infosys and other industry campuses in Mysore, group building excises, sports events, Design thinking workshops, Movie show, nature walk, yoga, Interaction session with leaders from various domains like science, technology, arts, medicine, sports etc.

These "Chetana – Scholars" will be hand-held for two years post-the camp. Specific residential programs has been designed to impart "One Skill in each interaction" for consecutive 2 years.

In the first year of its inception, i.e. 2016 a total of 356 girls toppers from Government Schools in Karnataka participated in the 5-day residential camp conducted at infosys campus in Mysore. Samsung generously donated chromebooks for the Chetana Scholars and also conducted the hands-on session to use the laptops.

Chetana 1.2 Winter School Program was conducted for the same Girls who have topped in Secondary School Examination from Government Schools across Karnataka. The program was conducted from October 16th to 27th at Bangalore. These “Chetana Scholars” were divided into groups and sent to 05 top institutions. A total of 283 girl’s toppers from Government Schools in Karnataka participated in the 10-days orientation in these institutes. The Top 05 Institution which supported Chetana Winter School Program was Indian Institute of Science, University of Agricultural Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology and M S Ramaiah Institute of Management.